Favorite Photos From My Second Football Game

 

It’s Friday Nights Football once again. This is my second football game of the season, Orange Park facing Ridgeview High School. ¬†Yesterday’s Forecast was cloudy with scattered thunderstorm, we were all lucky the storm went the other way.

I shot with my EF 400mm F/5.6L on the Canon EOS 60d. Being an F5.6, it is slow for a sports lens, but with enough light it is still a very capable lens. ¬†I want to use it more this season, I know with more practice I can get some amazing shots with it. I mentioned I’m using it on the Canon 60D, that’s because, my primary body the 7d has the 70-200mm 2.8 permanently attached to it, I never changed lens on the 7d. The 60d is where I swapped lenses, the 10-22mm, the 400mm F/5.6, or the rokinon fisheye, and sometimes the 28-75mm F/2.8 from tamron. It’s just a matter of preference, and since I clean my own sensors, I like it this way, I only have to clean the sensor of the 60d, especially now that the prices of sensor swabs has gone high up.

 

Here’s another shot from the EF 400mm F/5.6L, still ok, but you’ll notice that noise is starting to come out, because it’s almost dark, now it gets really challenging to use this lens.

 

In this photo above taken at around 8pm, I have to bump up my ISO celing to 6400 and lower my shutter speed to 1/200, which is not a good idea for sports, but with a little panning I still manage to get a sharp image of the Raiders running back.

 

Every game, I like to make pictures like the one above, I like to experiment a bit and see what I can come up with. I did this one with the help of the lightroom graduated filter, with it I was able to get the details in the clouds and darken it a little bit, to give the photo a more dramatic look.

It was a fun night and I’m looking forward for next weeks game. Below are some my favorite photos from last nights game:

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